Kolkata vs Mumbai: Today Cricket Match Prediction, and Key Players in Today’s Match

 

The fifth match of the Indian T20 League is a Kolkata vs Mumbai encounter. The fifth match of the 2020 season of the Indian T20 League was also Kolkata vs Mumbai match.

They played the match at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Kolkata won the toss and elected to bowl. Mumbai had already lost their season opener to Chennai and was there to address the rough patch.

With the help of Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav, Mumbai made 195 runs in the 20 overs. Rohit made 80 off 54 balls, while Surya made 47 off 28 balls.

It was the worst day for Pat Cummins. In his three overs, Cummins gave away 49 runs and bowled three dot-balls. He also went wicket-less.

Kolkata’s batsmen were not ready for the pace attack of Mumbai. In the mandatory powerplay, Kolkata could only make 33 runs. Both the openers also went away cheaply. Gill made seven off eleven balls, and Narine made nine off ten balls.

The Kolkata team could not recover from the loss, and Kolkata vs Mumbai match went in Mumbai’s hands.

Kolkata has the worst record against Mumbai. It has lost the maximum number of games against Mumbai. Kolkata’s lowest score also came against Mumbai only.

Before the auction, Kolkata released six players and bought eight in the auction. The highlight of the auction was Shakib Al Hasan, who Kolkata bought him for a price of INR 3.2 crores.

Shakib is not a new name for the Kolkata-based franchise. The Kolkata team bought him in the year 2011 for a price of 1.95 crores. In 2014, Kolkata kept him for 2.8 crores and released him in the year 2018.

He went into the auction with a base price of 1 crore. The Hyderabad team bagged Shakib for two crores, and he played there for two seasons. Hyderabad released him before the 2020 auction.

This year his base price was two crores. Punjab and Kolkata showed interest in picking the all-rounder in their team. In the end, Kolkata got hold of Shakib Al Hasan.

Before the auction, Mumbai released the trio of Mitch McClenaghan, James Pattinson, and Nathan Coulter-Nile. Lasith Malinga had announced his retirement from the league, and hence he was also not a part of the team.

These releases left Mumbai with Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult only. It direly needed a fast bowler.

Mumbai went after Adam Milne and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the auction. Mumbai bought Milne for a sum of 3.2 crores, and Coulter-Nile cost Mumbai 5 crores.

In the 2020 auction, Mumbai bought Coulter-Nile for a price of 8 crores. This year, Mumbai got two overseas fast-bowlers for 8.2 crores. Last year, Coulter-Nile played seven matches for Mumbai and picked up five wickets.

Kolkata vs Mumbai Head to Head

Until now, a total of 27 Kolkata vs Mumbai matches have been played. Out of these, Kolkata has won six times while Mumbai has won 21 times. 

While batting first, Kolkata has won 3, while Mumbai has won 9 matches. Kolkata also has won 3 games while batting second, and Mumbai has won 12 games. 

The average score made by Kolkata in the first innings of a game against Mumbai is 153.5. Mumbai’s average score in the first innings against Kolkata is 171.6. 

Kolkata’s average score in the second innings against Mumbai is 141.1. Mumbai’s average score in the second innings is 147.9. 

Despite the average score in the second innings is almost the same, Kolkata has lost most games while chasing only. The Mumbai vs Kolkata head to head encounters indicate the complete dominance of Mumbai over Kolkata.

None of the teams have ever chased over 200 runs target in the second innings. Mumbai came close in 2019 when it made 198 runs while chasing 233 runs made by Kolkata.

In the 47th game of the 2019 season, Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to field. Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn had a partnership of 96 runs in 9.3 overs. However, the star of the night was Andre Russell. He made 80 runs off 40 balls. While doing that, he hit six 4s and eight 6s. Kolkata made 233 runs in 20 overs. It is the highest score in Kolkata vs Mumbai games. 

Mumbai had a start that it might not have wanted. Sunil Narine dismissed Quinton de Kock for a duck in the second over of the innings. 

Rohit Sharma also departed after scoring twelve runs off nine balls. Mumbai was four wickets down and made 58 runs in 8.2 overs. 

Hardik Pandya came in to bat at the sixth position and started hitting the balls in all possible directions. By the time the next wicket fell, Mumbai had made 63 runs off five overs. 

Harry Gurney dismissed Hardik Pandya on the last ball of the 17th over. Mumbai needed 48 runs in the next three overs. But it could only make 13 runs, and Kolkata won this Kolkata vs Mumbai match by 34 runs. 

It was the last time that Kolkata won a game against Mumbai. Also, it was Kolkata's only win over Mumbai in the last five years. 

Kolkata also holds the record for the lowest total in Mumbai vs Kolkata games. In the inaugural season of the league, Kolkata made 67 runs against Mumbai. 

Rohit Sharma has made 823 runs in 21 games in Kolkata vs Mumbai games. He has an average of 51.44 against Kolkata, which is his highest among all the teams in the Indian T20 League. His career average in the Indian T20 League is 31.31. 

His only century in the tournament has also come in a Kolkata vs Mumbai match. His century is the only one made by a Mumbai batsman against Kolkata. 

Among bowlers, Sunil Narine has taken the most number of wickets in Kolkata vs Mumbai. He has 22 scalps under his name. Narine also has the best bowling figure of 4 for 15 with him.  

Cricket Trivia: Brendon McCullum hit the first century in the Indian T20 League in the first match of the tournament in the first year for Kolkata. Since then, no other batsman from Kolkata has hit a century.

Kolkata vs Mumbai: Probable Playing 11 Today Indian T20 League Match

Quinton de Kock was not available for the first match of Mumbai against Bangalore because of the mandatory quarantine. However, he will be available for selection in today match playing 11 and it will be interesting to see if Mumbai includes him in the playing 11 today match or not. 

Mumbai Playing 11 Today

  1. Chris Lynn/Quinton de Kock
  2. Rohit Sharma (captain)
  3. Suryakumar Yadav
  4. Ishan Kishan
  5. Kieron Pollard
  6. Hardik Pandya
  7. Krunal Pandya
  8. Rahul Chahar
  9. Nathan Coulter-Nile
  10. Trent Boult
  11. Jasprit Bumrah

Kolkata Playing 11 Today

  1. Shubhman Gill
  2. Nitish Rana
  3. Rahul Tripathi
  4. Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper)
  5. Eoin Morgan
  6. Andre Russell
  7. Shakib Al Hasan
  8. Varun Chakravarthy
  9. Pat Cummins
  10. Prasidh Krishna
  11. Kuldeep Yadav

Who Are the Key Players in Today’s Match?

 

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma gets to a different level when he plays against the Kolkata team. He has made 823 runs in 21 matches against Kolkata while playing for the Mumbai franchise.

He is 1st on the list of the players who have made the most runs against Kolkata.

His overall average in the Indian T20 League is 31.31, and against the Kolkata team, it is 51.44.

He has made four 80-plus scores against Kolkata, the maximum in Kolkata vs Mumbai games.

 

Jasprit Bumrah

Mumbai team and Jasprit Bumrah are synonyms for each other. He has played a massive role in Mumbai, becoming the five-time champions.

He has played 92 matches for the franchise and has taken 109 wickets. Last year he took 27 wickets, the second-most number of dismissals in the tournament.

He was behind Kagiso Rabada, who took 30 wickets in 17 matches. Bumrah reached the tally of 27 wickets in 15 games. He also took four wickets in a game twice.

 

Eoin Morgan

The captain of the world cup winning team is trying his luck in Indian T20 League this year. It would be Morgan’s first Indian T20 League season as the full-time captain.

Kolkata team made him the captain during the middle of the season last year. Under his captaincy, Kolkata lost the Kolkata vs Mumbai encounter.

He had a good season with the bat for the purple and gold team. He made 418 runs in 14 matches for the Kolkata team and was the second-highest run-getter for Kolkata.  

 

Shubman Gill

Shubman was the highest run-getter for the Kolkata team last year. He made 440 runs in 14 matches while opening the innings for Kolkata.

Gill has cemented his position on the test side after his heroics against Australia. He will target the limited over setup now. The tournament will be the ground from where he will claim a position in the Indian team.

His strike rate was a little low last year, and he will be up to enhance that.

What is the Best Today Match Fantasy Team Suggestion?

Batsman: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan

Wicketkeeper: Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan

All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya

Bowlers: Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah

The live pitch report today match points to the fact that spinners will have a gala time at the Chepauk once again. Hence, a spinner can be a good option for the captain/vice-captain. The likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Krunal Pandya should be in your today playing 11.  

You can select a top-order batsman from any team to be the captain of your fantasy cricket team. Go for the team that you are supporting in the Indian T20 League match today.

Today Indian T20 League Match Pitch Report

Today’s Indian T20 League Match will be played at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

The today T20 match is most likely to be played on a flat cricket pitch supporting the spinners.

The today match report also suggests that spinners are likely to have a huge impact on the results of the match.

What is The Weather Report for Today's Match?

Today’s weather report hints towards a partly cloudy atmosphere. The temperature will remain between 27°C – 32°C.

The Chennai weather report today also mentions that 77% humidity will be there along with 29% chances of rain.

The tomorrow weather report also predicts that the weather will remain the same.  

Best Toss Prediction for Today's Match

The pitch at the Chepauk helps spinners and a score of more than 160 in the first innings would be more than enough for a team to come out as a winner.

Teams batting first at the Chepauk stadium have won 47 out of 82 games, while teams batting second have won 33.

The team winning the toss should follow the strategy of batting first. It will allow the team to use the support that the pitch might provide in the first half.

Also, in the second innings pitch might deteriorate and spinners can play their role perfectly.

Today Cricket Match Prediction

Now, the question is who will win today’s cricket match?

The previous records and head to head encounter records mention that Mumbai is the big fish in today’s match.

Kolkata will need to do a little more than average gameplay to have a chance in this match.

Mumbai has a huge psychological advantage over Kolkata. In the last five years, Kolkata has won a single game against Mumbai.

Mumbai is also the defending champion and will be roaring to go against the Kolkata team.

Will this be a David vs Goliath encounter, or Mumbai will simply crush Kolkata and move ahead?

Our today’s match prediction is that the Mumbai team will overpower Kolkata in this Kolkata vs Mumbai encounter.